This chart will give you a rough idea of the annual costs of cat care
My cats and dogs have cost me a fortune over the years but at least they are not going to college! I live in London where pet insurance is common and easy to get reimbursed. In the USA I found it too difficult to get reimbursed. I like the vet´s suggestion in an earlier comment to start contributing to a savings program now for vet expenses later. Most importantly — KEEP your cats inside and your dogs on a leash when walking them (unless in a safe confine). And don´t forget to spay and neuter. Every pet should be a cherished pet and that will not happen until demand exceeds supply.
All cats will cost some money to care for properly. If you are offered a free cat, remember that no cat is truly free. Use these tips to help prepare for your cat's veterinary costs, and you will be able to relax and enjoy your pet, knowing that you can provide him with the best care.
Check at your vet's office to see if any of the vet techs also do pet sitting as that is usally cheaper and less stressful for your cats than boarding at the vets.
The prices really vary around the country and I think where I live is at the high end. To board at the vets costs approx $20 per cat per day ($10-20 more if they need any meds etc) and petsitters cost approx $20 for the 1st cat and $5 per additional cat (including any meds). The petsitting prices are for 2 visits a day and its cheaper for 1 visit which would work fine if you have healthy cats.
I've been really happy with the petsitting services the vet tech did especially when I had my elderly cat as they could keep an eye on her and make sure she stayed healthy while I was gone.Cats must be put under general anesthesia for a tooth extraction, and may need to be hospitalized afterwards. Costs of tooth extraction may include anesthesia, medication, X-rays, surgical supplies, and hospitalization. The price varies by condition and by veterinarian, but can range from $300 to . A more common reason people do not take their cats to the veterinarian is the cost. Although vet care can be expensive, this is not a legitimate reason for not having cats evaluated by veterinarians. Resources are available to help people with financial challenges pay their vet bills.Allergy Testing: Dogs and cats suffering from will often exhibit symptoms such as licking, , and sneezing. If you or your veterinarian suspect that your pet has developed allergies, testing may be ordered. Allergy testing is performed with either a blood test or an intradermal skin test. The average cost of a blood test is $200-$300, and an intradermal skin test usually costs $195-$250.When you adopt a cat, you aren’t thinking about the day when your cat may become ill, or get injured, or need emergency care. But cats do get sick and sometimes do require expensive diagnostic tests and emergency care. You may be faced with veterinary expenses far beyond what you can afford, or need unexpected medical care that you didn’t anticipate and don’t know how you’re going to pay for it. Of course, you want to make the best decision for your cat, regardless of the cost, but how to pay for it? Here’s how to afford the cost of veterinary care.Ensure that you have the money to care for your new cat's routine needs before you acquire a cat. Many people just don't know how much a cat, especially a kitten, will cost per year. Prepare yourself by contacting several veterinary clinics to find out what your new cat will need and how much it will cost before you adopt. You may have to wait and save a little bit, but you'll feel better being able to properly care for your new feline friend.